As I continue to watch the images and videos pouring in from those in the path of Hurricane Harvey and his remnants, my heart breaks. The devastation is so widespread. Although evacuations were recommended, I don’t think they expected the storm to gain such strength (reaching category 4) until it was too late for many to leave. Maybe I’m wrong, but that is what I gather from the latest reports. The storm covers such a huge area, seemingly devastating most of the Texas coastline.
There are several ways to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. You can donate to the Red Cross and other Hurricane Harvey relief funds, but I suggest you donate to Samaritan’s Purse or to your local disaster relief groups planning to go to the area or sending supplies directly to the area. Donating to the Red Cross is a good way to help, but I usually choose to donate to a local group. By donating to a church disaster relief group or another familiar group, I know that more of the money I donate goes directly to disaster victims. I’m sure that however or wherever you decide to donate your time, money, or other resources, your contribution to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey are greatly appreciated.
There is something else we can do. We can pray for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and all those involved in the relief efforts. This is not a storm that ends quickly. It is not a hurricane any longer but the storm continues to dump rainfall onto already flooded areas. This horrible situation could go on for days.
If you or someone you know is in the path of this historically powerful storm, please leave your (or their) name or names (if permissible) in the comments. They will be added to my prayer list.
If you are reading this, please join me in praying for all those in the path of Hurricane Harvey and his continuing devastation as well as all those involved in relief efforts.
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